2013 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award

Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award

Announcement for 2013 Awards


There is often too much emphasis on the procedural aspects of democracies, such as elections and representation. This is true especially in the case of countries that seek to shed the authoritarian aspects of their political systems and make progress towards democratic legitimation by way of elections. This may lead to populism of the kind that may be called “democratic authoritarianism” or, more simply put, the tyranny of the majority. More specifically, within a milieu of social, political, and economic transformations, the pressures of transition may often lead to a neglect of the need for the institutionalization of democratic checks and balances that are so essential for the consolidation of democratic government.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15th, 2013.

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award entails a Jury Prize for 25,000 USD on the above-mentioned theme. The Jury Prize will be awarded to an individual who has made distinguished contributions in this theme.

An independent and international jury will select this Awardee.

A series of Essay Awards will also be given to researchers under 45 years of age. This category includes 10,000 USD for each of three award-winning essays selected by the same jury panel from among submissions made for the competition.

The Essay Awards competition calls for the examination the Turkish experience of the above-mentioned theme from a comparative perspective. Turkish commitment to democracy and the strains and pressures generated by rapid social, economic and cultural transformations threatening democratic consolidation deserve further analysis within a comparative framework.

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award includes $20,000 for the first prize, $10,000 for the second, and $5,000 for the third. An independent, international jury will select the prize winners.

Conditions for the Essay Award competition are:
All entries, which may be coauthored, must be new and original works, not published previously in any form.
Essays must be of the format and size of a regular academic journal article (25 to 35 pages, in double-space format, including references).
An abstract of 500 words embedded into the original essay and a short CV of the author(s) are required.
Entries must be submitted in English, in the form of an attached Word document to the following address:

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